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  1. Hi All! Tamiya's 1:48 Beaufighter Mk.X: Essentially an out of the box build but with Model Alliance decals. Made to represent NE429, a 489 (New Zealand) Squadron aircraft operating out of RAF Dallachy in 1944. As usual for a Tamiya kit, it was a dream to build with no filling required at all and minimal sanding. Paints were a mix of Xtracolor, Testors and Alcad II for the metally bits. The YAGI antenna was fabricated using aerial spares, provided by the kit, cut to shape and aligned with a guitar string. I hope you'z like it! I think it's my best build yet. Woof woof. ~M~
  2. Hi, Here is my attempt to 'upgrade' the FROG Beaufighter 1, 6, 10 kit. I scratchbuilt a representative interior, gouged out a tailwheel bay and installed a Revell Flitzer nosegear, and gave the kit a pretty full rescribe. The mainwheel bays were walled to prevent see-through into the wing and the nacelles and oil coolers were increased in diameter with milliput. Aftermarket used included Aeroclub Hercules engines, cowlings and props, Falcon vacform canopies, a Yahu instrument panel (highly recommended!) and markings from one of the Xtradecal "Mediterranean Twins" sheets. Paints used were Xtracrylics throughout applied by brush. I'm happy with the results. Hope you like it too: regards, Martin
  3. My latest model, the well-known Tamiya kit, with lots of mistakes, I had to change lots of things to make it correct, hope you like it! http://www.modellingnews.gr/el/%CE%BC%CE%BF%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B5%CE%BB%CE%B9%CF%83%CE%BC%CF%8C%CF%82-%CE%BA%CE%B1%CF%84%CE%B1%CF%83%CE%BA%CE%B5%CF%85%CE%AD%CF%82/bristol-beaufighter-mkic-tamiya-148 Bristol Beaufighter Mk.Ic, Tamiya 1/48
  4. Aircraft being restored at Duxford. Photos are mine. Julien
  5. Just seen this and I can't wait! Apart from the 1/72 Lightning bonanza that 2014 seems it will be (for me definitely), i'm glad that this Beaufughter/Spit Mk.IX set is on the way. Not very often that I find justification to shell out an arm and a leg on a new Hasegawa boxing. Wonder which side of 50 squid this will be? http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10262265 Mart
  6. Dear colleagues I am considering having a set of custom made masks created to do a 455 Sqn Beaufighter from mid to late 1944. Thus far my research suggests the following: Upper wing roundel - 63 inch Type B Lower wing roundel - nil Fuselage roundel - 36 inch Type C1 Serials - 8 inch Can anyone confirm that this is correct? My key question is what size are the codes? I note that there are at least two styles and sizes and three possible positions on the fuselage during the mid - late 1944 period. Any assistance greatly appreciated. TIA Shane Lovell Canberra, Australia
  7. Hello again all. Finished the big Mossie last year and have since built a few OOBs. I have finally settled on 1/48ths as my scale of choice. Built the Airfix Spit and 109 and the Tamiya Panther (weathering in progress!). The latest project is the Tamiya 1/48 Beaufighter, with which I am trying my hand at some proper weathering,which I have spent many a happy hour reading up about online and watching some interesting Brummie YouTube footage. My main resource for the Beau has been our antipodean cousins version of this site, link here: http://www.kiwimodeller.com/index.php/forum/38-follow-as-i-build/23211-bristol-beaufighter-mk-vi-tamiya-1-48?limit=10&limitstart=0&start=10 I confess I do not want to go to the lengths he has,as I am not convinced it is necessary, but there are some useful tips there. I appreciate I should have taken some box shots, but I will post some pics tomorrow with my progress so far. Thanks in anticipation... Si M... PS: I notice the bronze exhaust collector issue has reared it's ugly head in many places. Suffice to say, mine are NOT bronze...
  8. Finally! I´ve been expecting this to start so thanks Mish, Enzo Matrix and Col! Here´s the opener - a little text but some pictures! Here´s what I got for this adventure! The main prize; a genuine Frog Beaufort kit! The second one is another Frog Beau, this time a -fighter. I will try to finish these two kits with the help of another pair of kits: The Beau from down under; the prettiest kit of these four but must donate it´s engines to the Beaufort :-( Another Beaufort, from... where? Former USSR? I bought this as the canopies of the original Frog kit were shot; actually these aren´t much better. Can you see the flash, by the way? An organ doner but this time the loss is minimal... Can you smell the age of this piece of paper? Actually, I can! Here´s the other side. I won´t scan the Encore `Fort or the Aussie Beaufighter instructions as I don´t intend to build those kits :-) The Beaufighter instructions were larger than my scanner could take but here´s a hint at what they look like. Now it´s time to finally get some sleep, it´s GMT +3 hours here so good night. I even managed to wear out our 12 weeks old kitten while adding these pics so I could really catch some sleep tonight! Been some short nights thanks to her! Regards, V-P
  9. I hesitated a lot before putting this one also in the GB, but with so many Beaufighters in it's one more. I don't know if this still can be called a kit, as the only parts that survived are in the picture. Contrary to the Whirlwind, this certainly has used a good share of tube glue. The green parts are spares from the old Revell Lancaster and will be used to make one of the conversions that I am wanting to do for decades. I'll try not to be too much obsessive, but I simply can't look at the plans and not try to modify the kit. New wheels and vac canopies will be needed and I must peruse my decal stash. Yesterday I separated the wing halfs, took off the engine nacelles and blanked the holes just to see if I could use them. Now I must tie me to the mast as the mermaids are singing a beatiful song and I just can't resist...
  10. Hello, this is my first model presented here - Beaufighter built from 1:48 Tamiya kit with some addons (Eduard PE in cocpit, Quickboost exhausts) and modifications (e.g. vertical stabilizers). My aim was to reproduce heavily worn machine from 272 RAF Sqn. seen on this well known picture: Hope you enjoy!
  11. Completed this one about 3 years ago - a present from my research group. Biggest model so far that I have attempted to brush paint with Tamiya acrylics. I had to do some light sanding which revealed the panel lines - not exactly realistic but I kind of liked the effect so I kept it rather than touching it up. Thanks for looking.
  12. Having tried to do some research on this particular aircraft seemed to throw up more questions than answers to the point that I'm not sure if the codes T9068 are correct and weather it actually served in Malta ! Doing a seach on the aircraft throws up pictures of an aircraft with 'V' codes, but it isn't this one as it has the horizontal stabilisers, shorter carb intakes and cut down bubble observer canopy. If anyone can shed any light on what aircraft this actually is, that would be great. The decals are OOB. This is a beautiful kit, however does allow some additional detail to be added with ease. I've enhanced the cockpit and observer/gunner area using plastic rod and sheet and used the Falcon canopy set as the kit parts are quite thick. The inside of the canopy hatch were built up with plastic then elastic thread added to create the sun shade runners. The sun shade was made from pewter foil crinkled and painted matt white then tacked to the elastic. I wanted to capture the look of a sun bleached aircraft so the panels were post shaded with lighter tones of extracrylic mid stone and dark earth followed by a wash and dry pastel brushing add the dirt. I appreciate this isn't everyones cup of tea, but I like em dirty ! The build thread is HERE, although I didn't take many pictures unfortunately. Hope you like it... Thanks for looking, Neil
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